ACM working for Midwives Education - Q1 2018

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A look at the work that ACM has been doing for Midwives in the area of Education, during the first quarter of 2018.

At the ACM the Education Unit is focused on ensuring that the ACM provides Midwives with a variety of high quality continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities that facilitate midwives to develop their skill set and support their practice. The unit further engages with universities, hospitals, governments and regulators to influence midwifery standards (specifically those related to or impacting on midwives/midwifery student’s education. But ‘what do we mean by education’ and ‘how does it apply to you or the profession’ I hear you ask?

This report provides insight into the areas that the ACM Education Unit have been addressing across all areas of education related to midwifery in Australia.  The range of Midwifery Education topics are wide, but can essentially be categorized into FOUR areas.  

Area 1 – Leading to Initial Registration as a Midwife

Including but not limited to addressing standards, liaising with universities and regulators, engaging with students and graduates, identifying and addressing education requirements.

Area 2 – Post Registration Career Advancement

Including but not limited liaising with universities and health facilities and other professional organisations that offer career opportunities for midwives, working with regulators and government health departments.

Area 3 – Professional, Practice and Skills Development and Support of Registered Midwives

Including but not limited to developing education resources, assessing external continuing professional development opportunities, developing guidance papers, standards, and position statements, responding to consultations, engaging with midwives.

Area 4 – Community Engagement – promoting the role and purpose of the ACM and Midwives

Including but not limited to representing ACM and the midwifery profession at public events, creating resources

*Area 1 & 2 - ACM do not specifically provide the education for these areas.

In each of these areas, our unit (which consists of Kirsty and I and some amazing volunteers who assist in our Advisory Committees or adhoc working groups or activities) address everything that (we can) that comes up related to Education in the midwifery setting. The work we undertake is rather varied as it may cover consultations on Standards (as set by AHPRA and NMBA), development of education resources (such as webinars, online courses and written publications), assessment of education resources and activities or even responding to midwifery education or practice related enquiries.  

The Education Unit Advisory Committees are the Midwifery Education Advisory Committee (MEAC) and the Professional Development Committee (PDAC).  MEAC meets every quarter and addresses work requests primarily by email between meetings. PDAC is currently on hold pending recruitment of new members.

Q1 2018 Review

Area 1 – Leading to Registration

Kirsty @ O-Week - Flinders University

  • Working with Universities that have Midwifery Courses. University contact list survey created (previous letter format), distributed and information updated.
  • New web pages created for listing of courses to assist people interested in becoming a midwife available here.
  • Attended the Flinders O week (in SA the SA Branch also attended the Uni SA O-week event).  Do you want your university to have an ACM presence in 2019 – let our Marketing & Comms team know so they can get it on our schedule.  Send an email to providing the name of the University so we can engage with them for 2019. 
  • Responding to questions about international placements, students working with private midwives for placement, online learning for degrees and university entry requirements.
  • Posted content to the Closed Student Facebook page 
  • Reviewed the MEAC TOR and identified a student member needed – EOI to be released
  • Currently engaged with the TransTasman Consortium to bring about the Transform 2018 Education Symposium in Gold Coast 20-21 September 2018. Find out more here.

Coming up:

  • Will represent the ACM as part of the Flinders University Bachelor Midwifery Program Review in April 2018
  • We will be looking into the Midwifery Education Standards as they will soon be due for review.  We are preparing a summit to address the potential changes that may be required after the practice standards are released.  There will be information coming as the year progresses.  Keep an eye out of you are interested.

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Area 2 – Post Registration Career Advancement

  • Written articles for the Australian Midwifery News addressing career options and has plans for the future issues to address research.  Take a look in your latest issue of the AMN for full details.
  • Wrote to Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (CDNM) and arranged a meeting in June to discuss career options for midwives
  • Wrote to the Chief Nurse Midwife of Tasmania following up on career options for midwives 
  • Worked with the Australian Diabetes Education Association (ADEA) to amend the listing terminology for Midwives from Direct Entry Midwives to Registered Midwives (to accurately reflect the qualification and registration status of midwives):  
  • Currently reviewing perinatal mental health requirements and career opportunities for midwives with a view to addressing gaps in career options for midwives
  • Responded to questions/calls from individuals about insurance, midwives working in nursing areas, post registration university or career options – specifically in the areas of maternal child health and mental health as well as re-entry and refresher pathways/options.

Coming up:

  • We meet with the CDNM on the 21/22nd June in regards to career options for midwives

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Area 3 – Professional, Practice and Skills Development and Support of Registered Midwives

Kirsty & Ruth @ Obstetric Care Conference Adelaide

  • 10th January we advised that ACM members would have free access to all live and recorded Webinars.  Infographics were created and distribute advising how to access.  They can be found online here.
  • January through February ran a promotion via our newsletter for the Continence: Importance of the Midwife online course where individuals had to advise in 25 words or less why they wanted to complete the course for the opportunity to get one of five free course access (valued at $176.00) provided by the Continence Foundation of Australia.  The winners were notified and are currently completing the course.  You can purchase from our shop
  • 23rd February we attended the Obstetric Intensive Care conference at the Adelaide Oval and talked with midwives there about membership, CPD opportunities and career pathways
  • In February the Women want to know – Alcohol and Pregnancy online course was updated.   All people enrolled in the old version were contacted and advised they had a set time to complete the existing course or they would be transferred to the new course.  The old version of the course has now been retired and the updated course being released.    This course is still free to access courtesy of funding from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). You can access information about the course here.
  • February through end March ran a promotion for Women Want to Know: Pregnancy and Alcohol online course – individuals had to enrol in the course, complete the course and the feedback survey to be in the running for one of four free ACM Annual Memberships.  Winners will be advised on 5th May – International Day of the Midwife.
  • 22nd February hosted the live webinar with Dr Helen Hall addressing the use of complementary and integrative medicines in midwifery
  • 14th March hosted the live with Midwife Tina Bode addressing caring for women with multiple pregnancies
  • The pilot review was completed for the Midwifery Initiated Oral Health online course that is due to be released this year. You can find out more information here.   Western Sydney University have recently had a paper published which you can find in our April newsletter.
  • The content for the Antenatal Refresher online course was finalised and development began on the storyboards and course material.
  • The expression of interest (EOI) for the Antenatal Refresher pilot working group members was closed and successful individuals were advised of the anticipated timeframe and requirements. This work is due to commence shortly.
  • An EOI was undertaken to identify a skilled presenter for the Antenatal Refresher online course – who would become the face of the course via video and images.  The presenter was identified and filming took place at the end of March.
  • Work commenced with the Subject Matter Expert to review the Labour and Birth and Postnatal Refresher online course materials.
  • Feedback is being collated from the review of the two Beyond Blue online courses that will become free resources for midwives to access relating to mental health and wellness
  • Reviewed the Public Health Research and Practice (PHRP) open access online journal for midwifery content - found it to be a useful free resource to share with potential for articles relevant to midwives.
  • Contributed to the following Standards, Consultations, Position Statements: ACM Domestic Violence Position Statement – DRAFT; ACM VBAC Position Statement – DRAFT; WHO CONSULTATION on NURTURING CARE
  • Joined and contributed to the Maternity Services Working Group to address the National Strategic Approach to Maternity Service Project
  • Investigating Midwifery refresher and re-entry pathway options in line with the NMBA/APHRA requirements
  • Created posts to the ACM main Facebook page about ACM resources, Women & Birth articles and midwifery related topics
  • Created the Midwifery Musings as a way to start discussion about midwifery education related topics and get people thinking about different ways to engage with CPD.  They can be found on our Education Blog page.
  • Continued to promote education to midwives via our Monthly Education newsletter to members and highlighting awareness campaigns such as Endometriosis awareness month, Down Syndrome Day, preparing for World Continence Week.  Linked articles from these newsletters to Facebook so more than members can access.
  • Responded to calls about course access, webinars, bulk orders for online courses
  • Assessed 37 CPD Applications for ACM CPD Recognition by external parties and ACM Branches.  These listings have been advertised in our newsletters and can all be found on our External CPD Recognised Events Page, or for ACM events they can be found on Our Events page.  If you have an activity that you would like to apply for ACM CPD Recognition for, or you want to know more about it, please look here.

Coming up:

  • 19th April webinar to be hosted by Dr Elle Knight addressing iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy.  So far we have over 120 individuals registered to attend.  Regsiter HERE
  • 17th May webinar to be hosted by Jenny Chambers, the founder and CEO of ICP Support addressing Intrahepatic Cholestasis in Pregnancy.  We have >80 registered so far.  Register HERE
  • The Antenatal Refresher online course pilot will commence
  • The Midwifery Initiated Oral Health online course will be released
  • Promotion (ongoing) of Cesarean Awareness Month (April)

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Area 4 - Community Engagement

  • 1st February – presented to Country Health SA at their bi-monthly forum with the Chair of the SA Branch (Paula Medway), addressing work that ACM is undertaking for midwives across the business.
  • Attended the Obstetric Intensive Care Symposium and engaged with nurses, obstetricians and anaesthetists promoting the role of the midwife
  • Kirsty is engaged in the ACM Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Attended Cultural Safety Training – to enhance the way that we do business 

Coming up:

  • 4th May we will be representing the ACM at the SA Branch IDM Conference.  Come and say hello and get some information about membership or an update on what the ACM have been doing for you.  You can register HERE.

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